The Jets sound like they’re planning an offseason blockbuster trade.
This offseason will be full of changes for the New York Jets, who are planning to move on from Adam Gase after Week 17, leading to a big coaching search that could include top pro assistants like Eric Bienemy or college coaches like Dan Mullen. The Jets do have a lot of resources to improve quickly, including the no. 2 pick in the draft and an abundance of cap space, but it looks like GM Joe Douglas is planning to make a big splash.
It certainly would be interesting to see the Jets make a splash since they haven’t been truly relevant in the NFL for the better part of a decade. Let’s explore a few possible deals that would make sense for the Jets and qualify as blockbusters.
One of the more important decisions for the Jets to make this offseason is what to do at quarterback. There has been a logical assumption that they will look to draft a player like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson at no. 2 but you can’t rule out the possibility that the new head coach will want to keep Sam Darnold around.
If Darnold is staying, the Jets could shop the no. 2 pick for a king’s ransom. Trevor Lawrence is still going first to Jacksonville but strong bowl performances from Fields and Wilson could make them desirable trade-up targets.
One match could be with Carolina, which has Teddy Bridgewater around to mentor a young passer and would need to trade up to ensure they get the guy they want. A deal could see the Jets land as many as four high-end picks to accelerate the rebuild, with one falling inside the top 10 this season, allowing Douglas to either bolster his offensive line or add an elite playmaker like Ja’Marr Chase to help Darnold.
Quarterback for quarterback trades are rare in the NFL so this deal would certainly qualify as a blockbuster. The 49ers are reportedly looking to move on from Garoppolo, who took them to the Super Bowl last year but missed a big throw at the end of the game and has been injury-plagued for most of his tenure.
If the Jets take a quarterback second overall they would be looking to move on from Darnold, who some NFL experts feel could thrive in an offense like Kyle Shanahan’s. This deal would give the Jets two bites at the apple at the game’s most important position while allowing the 49ers to move on from Garoppolo’s contract, get a quarterback with potential and an extra draft pick to boot.
New York has two third-rounders courtesy of the Jamal Adams trade and can afford to deal Seattle’s third-round pick for Garoppolo. This trade would definitely shake up the NFL and qualify as a blockbuster.
If there is one thing the Jets really need for whoever plays quarterback it is a top wide receiver. There are plenty of free-agent options available, including Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay, but if Douglas opts to spend his cap space on offensive line help and a pass rusher the Jets could turn to the trade market to land their top pass catcher.
One guy who could be available at a bit of a discount is Beckham, who is coming off an ACL injury but was heating up prior to getting hurt. Beckham has shown he can perform on the New York stage and would be the Jets’ clear cut no. 1 receiver to complement Denzel Mims and Jamison Crowder.
There will be teams interested in Beckham so the Jets can look to move a third and sixth-round pick to get a deal done with the Browns. There have been rumors connecting Beckham to the Jets before so this deal certainly makes some sense and it would qualify as a true splash.